The Community Policing topic covers efforts by law enforcement agencies and officers to partner with other branches of local government as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as churches, non-profit community groups, private businesses, to reduce crime and increase the quality of life for law-abiding citizens.
Betsy Brantner Smith discusses the importance of maintaining a pool of informants or sources in the neighborhoods you patrol. These sources can be created by building rapport with those you encounter on the streets, or even those that you're questioning on a minor crime.
Collaboration is an essential skill, but a skill that is seldom effectively taught. Coercion is taught well and therefore necessarily shows up where other skills are not balanced and acculturated. - Full Story